Monday, 27 January 2014

Craft fair raises £1,900 for Air Ambulance

Photo 1: Air Ambulance volunteers Leslie and Beryl Smith pictured with International Women’s Club secretary Meike Laurenson (centre)

Photo 2: Club member Soudi Shababi pictured at her stall

A Reigate-based group held a Christmas fair of goods from around the world to raise almost £2,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

Members of the International Women’s Club displayed their arts, crafts and local produce at the annual fundraising event at Reigate Park Church.

There were stalls including cakes, Christmas decorations and flower arrangements from countries such as Greece, Denmark and Iran.

In total, they raised £1,900 for the Air Ambulance which last month officially launched its night flying service from the nearby helicopter base at Redhill.

Club treasurer Meta Leslie said: “The International Women’s Club is proud to have been associated with the air ambulance and is grateful for all the support for the Christmas fair. We are very pleased to have raised such a large sum.”

The club chose to support the charity following a presentation about the emergency service and handed over their cheque to volunteers Beryl and Leslie Smith. Leslie was flown to the Royal London Hospital following a cycling accident but has since made a full recovery.

The International Women’s Club was founded in 1964 and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The group meets every fortnight at members’ homes and holds a Christmas Craft Fair every November.

* If you would like to make a donation to the Air Ambulance please call 01622 833833 or go to


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